Strong guidance starts here.
With a diverse Board of Directors, TIES is guided by a talented group of members from the community.
VICE BOARD CHAIR
Gita Boyd has been a friend of TIES since its inception. Gita holds a BA in Sociology from Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, and is a Registered Immigration Consultant. In Calgary, Gita has taught ESL classes and citizenship education classes, been involved in numerous non-profit organizations, and has contributed countless volunteer hours to make Canada a better place to live before setting up her immigration consulting office in January 1993. With her busy immigration practice, she still volunteers her time and expertise to non-profit and immigrant serving organizations. In 2002, Gita was awarded the Governor General Golden Jubilee medal, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Queen, for her outstanding community service. Gita hopes to be of service to the Board in fulfilling its mandate.
Marilynne’s passion for helping immigrants started 20 years ago when she began volunteering at an ESL school in Calgary. Since that time, she has had the opportunity to teach English both in Canada and overseas and hopes to do more. Marilynne’s career has included working for non-profit, oil and gas and the education sector. Her areas of expertise have included Human Resources, performance reviews, payroll and benefits, recruitment and accounting.
Kuldip Thind has been involved with TIES since its inception. Over the years, Kuldip has served the organization in different capacities: originally a founding member in 1988, she then became the Office Manager at TIES from 1989 until 2002. Kuldip holds a Masters of Arts in Political Science from Punjabi University, India. Kuldip now works as an Insurance advisor with Great Way Financial Inc.
INTERIM BOARD MEMBER
Barbara Mercier grew up with her seven siblings on a cattle ranch near Millarville, Alberta. Barbara became a lawyer and specialized in criminal law throughout her career. She has two grown daughters. Barbara and her husband love to spend time outside in all seasons, especially in the foothills west of Calgary. Barbara has been a volunteer with TIES since 2016. She currently teaches basic English.
INTERIM BOARD MEMBER
Marilyn Magnan was born in Peace River, Alberta and lived most of her adult life in Alberta. Together with her husband, Marilyn has raised five children and delighted in eleven grandchildren. Marilyn received a BA and a BED from the University of Alberta and a Masters in Educational Administration from the University of Ottawa. Being a lifelong learner, she finished a degree in Religious Education at Newton Theological College in 2007. Her career spanned 37 years with 18 years in the classroom and 19 years in administration. During that time, Marilyn has enjoyed many varied learning experiences ranging from sitting on Board budget committees to mentoring and training new teachers and principals. Marilyn retired in 2008 and is now enjoying her grandchildren, travelling, and quilting. She especially enjoys volunteering in schools and in ESL experiences for newcomers to Canada.